Unique Burger Recipes

With spices and other secret ingredients, these turkey, chicken, and spruced-up beef patties take your everyday burger to new heights.

  • Ultimate Burgers
    Photo: Thayer Allyson Gowdy

    Ultimate Burgers

    Tyler Florence's burgers are extra juicy and flavorful because they're made with brisket, but chuck works too. The ultimate toppings include sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, tomatoes, bacon, herbed mayonnaise and chile ketchup.
  • Gold Nugget Burger

    Gold Nugget Burger

    Sandwich a slice of savory cheddar cheese between two juicy beef patties for a cheeseburger that is out of this world. Add additional flavor by topping it all off with red onion, tomato, homemade guacamole, and Sweet-and-Spicy Sauce. The Gold Nugget Burger truly is a treasure for hamburger lovers everywhere.
  • Serrano Pepper Burgers
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller  

    Serrano Pepper Burgers

    Florida Georgia Line's songwriter friend Craig Wiseman shared his recipe with the band. The secret? Grill-roasted peppers that add spicy heat and a touch of sweetness and smoke to juicy burgers. Use your favorite peppers, including milder Anaheim, Cubanelle, bell, or poblano.

  • Caramelized Onion-and-Blue Cheese Mini Burgers
    Oxmoor House

    Caramelized Onion–and–Blue Cheese Mini Burgers

    Small but loaded with flavor: Caramelized onions, blue cheese, arugula, and sirloin fill your mouth with sweetness and pungency.

  • Spicy Cheddar-Stuffed Burgers

    Spicy Cheddar-Stuffed Burgers

    Like the Gold Nugget Burger, these burgers feature cheese that melts between two patties instead of on top of one. However, mixing chipotle pepper purée with the ground meat before forming the patties adds a deliciously spicy kick to the burgers themselves. Have tomatoes, red onion, lettuce, mustard, and mayonnaise on hand for guests to dress the hamburgers as they please.
  • Tennessee Burger with Bourbon and BBQ Sauce
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr

    Burger with Bourbon and BBQ Sauce

    We describe the Tennessee Burger with Bourbon and BBQ Sauce as a Southern triple threat--loaded with bacon, BBQ, and bourbon.

  • Italian Meatball Burgers
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Italian Meatball Burgers

    Combine Italian sausage, ground sirloin, oregano, basil and garlic to make patties that taste like Italian meatballs. Instead of ketchup and cheddar cheese, top with tomato pasta sauce and mozzarella.
  • Grilled Blue Cheese Burgers
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Grilled Blue Cheese Burgers

    Blue cheese lovers will devour these burgers, which feature crumbled blue cheese stuffed between two quarter-pound patties. Best of all, the burgers can be formed the night before and chilled in the refrigerator until ready to grill. Dress up the meal even more by pairing it with a bottle of American Zinfandel.
  • Korean Barbecue Burgers
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Korean Barbecue Burgers

    Enjoy traditional Korean flavors by grilling a batch of these burgers, based on a Korean barbecue specialty called bulgogi. Green onions, brown sugar, garlic, and classic Asian ingredients like fresh ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil give the burgers their tangy taste. A splash of rice vinegar and a touch of kimchi on top will add even more authentic flavors.
  • Fajita Turkey Burgers

    Fajita Turkey Burgers

    Turn your backyard cookout into a fiesta with these south-of-the-border-inspired turkey burgers. Fajita fixings, like onion and bell pepper sautéed with fajita seasoning, are grilled into the burgers to ramp up the turkey's lighter flavor. Top each patty with a homemade mixture of tomatillo salsa, avocado, and cilantro.
  • Bacon-Wrapped Barbecue Burgers
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Bacon-Wrapped Barbecue Burgers

    A sautéed mushroom and onion mixture offers the "Wow" factor for these bacon-wrapped burgers. Part of the savory mixture is pressed into the center of each burger before grilling, and the remainder is mixed with barbecue sauce and used for the topping. The result is "over-the-top" good.
  • Mediterranean Burgers
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker

    Mediterranean Burgers

    To add Mediterranean flavor to your burgers, stir feta cheese, oregano, rosemary, and lemon zest into ground lamb or beef, then spread a kalamata olive paste onto the buns.
  • SoCal Guacamole Burger
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr

    SoCal Guacamole Burger

    Take a whole new approach to burgers by making patties with chorizo sausage and ground chicken. The burgers get their spicy kick from the sausage and jalapeño pepper that are processed with the chicken.
  • Lamb Burgers
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Dan Becker

    Lamb Burgers

    These juicy burgers are a nice alternative to hamburgers. Roasted piquillo peppers add a sweet, clean taste to the burgers, but you can use regular roasted red peppers instead.
  • Shrimp Burgers With Sweet 'n' Spicy Tartar Sauce
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Shrimp Burgers With Sweet 'n' Spicy Tartar Sauce

    Recipes for shrimp burgers, a favorite food of Southern shrimping towns, are often a big secret. Here we divulge our version, which is chunky and spicy with some Cajun flair.
  • BLT Chicken Burgers
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Basil Friedman

    BLT Chicken Burgers

    Poultry burgers have a reputation for being dry and bland, but jazzed up with sharp cheddar, parmesan, and garlic—and then topped with crisp bacon, juicy tomatoes, and lettuce—they're boldness in a bun.
  • Hoisin-Glazed Salmon Burgers with Pickled Cucumber
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Hoisin-Glazed Salmon Burgers with Pickled Cucumber

    Quick-pickled cukes give these burgers tart crunch. Panko and egg white hold the patties together. Use cilantro leaves on the burgers as you would ­lettuce for herby freshness.
  • Parmesan Buffalo Burgers with Balsamic Ketchup
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

    Parmesan Buffalo Burgers with Balsamic Ketchup

    Kick off your summer party grilling with Parmesan Buffalo Burgers with Balsamic Ketchup. Ground buffalo has fewer calories and half the fat of lean beef but boasts big meaty flavor. And slow-roasted tomatoes in the Balsamic Ketchup intensifies their sweetness.
  • Cherry and Brie Burgers with Rosemary and Grilled Onion
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Food Styling: Randy Mon

    Cherry and Brie Burgers with Rosemary and Grilled Onion

    These are only quarter-pounders, but they look heftier because the meat is mixed with ground dried cherries (a powerful antioxidant) and a little bulgur. The seasonings and cheese take the cherries in a savory direction, keeping the burgers from being too sweet.

  • <p>Buffalo Chicken Sliders</p>

    "New" New Mexican Green Chile Cheeseburgers

    Black bean patties make a savory, delicious alternative to beef. A poblano pepper can stand in for the Cubanelle in the green chile relish.
  • Cabernet-Balsamic Burgers with Sautéed Mushrooms & Onions
    Photo: Romulo Yanes; Food Styling: Simon Andrews; Prop Styling: Helen Crowther

    Cabernet-Balsamic Burgers with Sautéed Mushrooms & Onions

    Grilled cheeseburgers get an irresistible upgrade with creamy blue cheese and caramelized onions spiked with jammy red wine and tart-sweet vinegar. A portion of the tender onions are mixed into the patties to help keep the lean beef moist.

  • <p>Cilantro Burgers with Sriracha Mayo</p>
    Photo: Justin Walker; Food Styling: Simon Andrews; Prop Styling: Kaitlyn du Ross

    Cilantro Burgers with Sriracha Mayo

    Chopped cilantro flavors the beef, while whole sprigs take the place of the usual lettuce. Sriracha has rightfully become an all-purpose condiment--its sweet chile heat and its vinegar punch go well beyond burgers, perking up brothy soups, meat marinades, and dipping sauces.
  • Asian Tuna Burgers
    Oxmoor House

    Asian Tuna Burgers

    This burger has some of the same flavors as a popular sushi roll. Be sure to process the tuna using quick pulses to prevent the meat from being overworked and overheated by the blade.

  • Pistachio, Lamb, and Beef Burgers
    Photo: Maren Caruso; Styling: Nissa Quanstrom

    Pistachio, Lamb, and Beef Burgers

    Arabic spices meet the Persian touch of pistachios in the kefta (skewered ground meat) at Mamnoon in Seattle, where the food combines the owners' Syrian, Lebanese, and Persian heritage with chef Garrett Melkonian's Armenian background. We opted for an easier version: burgers.

  • Pacific Northwest Burger
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr

    Pacific Northwest Burger

    Made with glazed grilled salmon, our Pacific Northwest Burger embodies the crunch, sweetness, pepper, and tang that's indicative of the West coast.

  • New England Turkey Burger
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr

    New England Turkey Burger

    Caramelized onions that have simmered in hoppy Sam Adams beer top our New England Turkey Burger while shaved Vermont Cheddar adds tang and richness to the meat.

  • Great Plains Burger
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr

    Great Plains Burger

    The Great Plains Burger delivers deep corn essence in two ways—one is right in the patty with corn chips crumbled into bison meat, and the second is with a sweet, creamy fresh-corn mayo that brightens up the whole burger.

  • <p>Bacon, Peach, and Basil Burgers</p>

    Bacon, Peach, and Basil Burgers

    Chopped pickled jalapeños and their juice ramp up the flavor of ground sirloin, while bacon, goat cheese, and tangy-sweet chutney balance the heat.
  • <p>Piggy Burgers</p>

    Piggy Burgers

    Piggy Burgers get their rich flavor from ground pork, crumbled bacon, and molasses-bacon seasoning blend. Top with barbecue sauce and Onion-Spiked Pickles.
  • <p>Red Beans-and-Rice Veggie Burgers</p>

    Red Beans-and-Rice Veggie Burgers

    Stirring the rice as it cooks releases the starch that helps hold the veggie patties together. Want to go beyond vegetarian? Top these burgers with grilled shrimp or sausage.
  • <p>Sloppy Joe Carolina-Style Burgers</p>

    Sloppy Joe Carolina-Style Burgers

    Eat these over-the-top burgers with a knife and fork, or set out a pile of napkins. Add fresh crisp texture and flavor by mounding slaw atop the burgers. Serve extra slaw on the side, or save it for another day.
  • <p>Tex-Mex Turkey Burgers</p>

    Tex-Mex Turkey Burgers

    Grab a bag of tortilla chips and a jar of salsa to serve alongside the burgers, and whip up a batch of margaritas for a festive cocktail.
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